2015 Wine & Dine News: ONLINE AUCTION Exciting New Items!

Sport & Recreation: (See below for New Items Recently Added!)

Sports and Recreation-OTA Online Auction

Dear OTA Parents,

The OTA Online Auction has raised almost $11,000 since it started last Thursday! Thank you to all who have participated so far. We have 120 items online ranging from restaurants to teacher experiences and everything in between. This year we do not have a Silent Auction at the Gala so the Online Auction is a large portion of our fundraising for OTA. Several new items have been added in the last few days. Some highlights
  • Night Out on the Town for 4 with dinner at the Kettner Exchange, Bottle Service at Vin De Syrah all while being chauffeured in a limo!
  • Taylor Swift Concert at her August 29th concert with “Mr Amazing” Anthony Kaneaster our Music-Math Lab and Choir Coach
  • SeaWorld Dolphin Interaction for 2
  • Free Dress Day for your child’s whole class
  • Padres VIP tickets
  • Special Edition OTA Etched Wine Bottles (which are amazing!)
  • Juniper & Ivy Chef’s Tasting Table for 4
Know that all teacher experiences (other than 5 of Mrs Diana’s spots) are only available for purchase through the online auction. Teachers have put together very fun events that your kids will enjoy
The Online Auction ends Thursday evening! Please support your child’s education and both bid for items and share with all your friends and family. Go to OTA Online Auction
Stay Tuned. The Live Auction Items will be posted on the Online site this week to preview. We have some amazing items to bid on. There are also over 100 bottles of wine in Wall of Wine and over 20 raffle items. Buy your Gala tickets OTA Wine and Dine and be prepared for an amazing night!
— Thank You for Your Support!
Monika Hanft
OTA Wine & Dine Auction Chair

CLICK TO VISIT THE ONLINE AUCTION! Continue reading

Volunteering for the 2015 Wine & Dine, April 25? Volunteer Opportunities and Sign-up Link!

We Love Volunteers

As parents and as a school community, we want to provide the best resources for our kids at OTA.  In large part, this depends on fundraising.  As you know, our biggest annual fundraiser (the Wine and Dine Gala) is coming soon, and we really need all parents to pitch in and help!

If you haven’t done it before, volunteering at the gala is really fun, and working alongside other parents is a great way to get to know people at the school.  Most time commitments are only 2 or 3 hours.

–Cathie Berlin

Listed below are some of the areas where we really still need volunteers.

Are you social and don’t want to miss all the fun?  Sign up to be a greeter at the beginning of the event, you’ll get to see everyone as they enter.  Or, sign up for clean up afterwards on Saturday night or help break down the decorations on Sunday.  Or, get a group of friends or other parents in your kid’s class to volunteer together.

Are you shy and don’t want to mingle?  Sign up to do data entry for the auction or help with closeout.

Please browse the sign up page to see if there is something that appeals to you.  It’s quick and easy to sign up.

Please CLICK HERE to volunteer!!  Our school really needs you!  Thank you very much for any time you can give!

Saturday volunteers still needed:

  • Event Set Up (help vendors bring in food other last minute details)   Time commitment: 3 hours…  see Signup Genius Link for available slots Continue reading

OTA Calendar Notes: Upcoming Half Days: Wednesday, April 15; Wednesday May 6; Friday May 22 • 2015-2016 Seat Offers Are Out • Wine & Dine Tickets for Sale!

*** 2015 Wine & Dine • Purchase Tickets Now to help us hit our goal! —the OTA Foundation *** Sunday Funday, Wall of Wine, this Sunday April 12 *** 

  • Music Academy of San Diego classes have started again. Classes will meet Monday and Friday and the program is world-class. …(Walk-ins welcome today–ages K-8. Learn more here:
    •  Violins, Violas, Cello Instruction, Mon/ Friday • Scholarships are available
    • Registration & Pay Online: Q4 Classes start Friday, April 10
  • Lottery was held March 8 and all Seat Offers & Waitlist emails have been sent. The wait list stands at 460 for 2015-2016; so if you received a number higher than 20 for Kindergarten or higher than 5 for grades 1-8, you should not look at OTA as a realistic option for next year. Thrive Charter School (a new charter with a great leadership team and program is still taking applications for 2015-2016.
  • 3 Half Days: in this year’s new calendar teachers lost 5 planning days. After consulting with the OTA Parent Foundation we are going to try to help them make some of that planning time up by adding three working half-days to the schedule:
    • Wednesday, April 15;
    • Wednesday, May 6;
    • Friday, May 22 (day before Memorial Day Weekend
  • YMCA K-5 OTA Soccer Teams- please turn in by Tuesday! if possible
  • Come root for OTA Students at the Track n Field Meet Sunday.
  • Remember, Grandparents Day is April 24 (The Day Before the Wine & Dine.; please encourage your children’s grandparents to attend! Children may bring a family friend if a grandparent is not available.

Reminder: April 17 is deadline to accept Admissions Offers for 2015-2016 School Year

Dear Prospective OTA Families, Admissions Offers were sent out over Spring Break. If you received an offer email like the one below, we need your reply by Noon, this Friday.

  • We have long waitlists for all grades; we need to hear back from you so we can contact the next family if you are not planning to accept your admissions offer.

Thank you

—The OTA Admissions Team

*** *** ***InfoSnap Admissions Email-Reply Due April 17

Sign-up Sheets Due Today • OTA Soccer Grades K- 5 • YMCA Youth Arena Soccer

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Calling all younger* OTA Soccer Players! If you would like to sign up for the ymca’s soccer league and play for OTA, please return the medical waiver with your child’s age at the top right corner. Please return form by Tuesday, April 14.

(*Students in Grades 5-8* can play in San Diego Middle School Athletic League)

Highlights • Yesterday’s Point Loma High “Future Pointers” K-8 Track Meet (Slideshow)

OTA Outdoor Ed-2015 Track Meet 1

Blue Ribbon!

  • Thank you to all OTA students who competed and parents who cheered!
  • Thank you Coach Curry & Mrs Curry for making it all possible!
  • Slideshow with more highlights coming soon!
OTA Outdoor Ed-2015 Track Meet-First Place

First Place Boys 4×100 relay (back to back victories 2014, 2015)

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OTA Outdoor Ed-2015 Track Meet 2

First Place “Boys 4×100 relay” team… and friends!

“Because we had two girls we had to run with the all boys division! Lyndon, Aiyana, Shyla, Spencer. They were magnificent. The ONLY coed team.” — Coach Curry

Q4 OTA ENRICH! After School • Online Registration Links on Skooltopia

Skooltopia OTA Enrich! After School Site♥♥ Browse the Skooltopia Site for After School Options & Register & Pay Online! ♥♥

OTA Enrich After School-Skooltopia Site-April 10

 

  • Not all courses are available yet (Orchestra, Jiu-Jitsu)… so please check back over the weekend as instructors add their courses.
  • Click on a link to see days, times, and age restrictions (if any) for each class.S
  • Skooltopia is working on M-F Schedule to show after-school offerings at-a-glance.
  • Needs-based scholarships are available for all classes. Please check with Marsha Sheridan (director @ worldvoicessd.com ) for an anonymous code you may use to register.

Please Join us at the 2015 OTA Wine and Dine!

Click here to buy tickets for the Spring Fundraiser to support your school! 
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The 2013-2014 Wine & Dine – Under the Tent!

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Old Town Academy is a non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to excellence in public education. Our school is tuition-free. We rely on a combination of public funds and private donations to support our small-school campus (OTA receives no public funds for facilities), our wonderful teaching staff, and ambitious programs in Music, Math, Science, Programming/Robotics, and more.
Your support helps OTA continue to fulfill its mission— Equity and Excellence for All Students by providing a free, first-rate education open to all San Diego children.
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Our goal this year is to sell 300 tickets; if you have interested friends and family, please spread the word and help OTA close the funding gap ($739-per-child gap between the public funds we receive and what it costs to educate each student)….
The OTA Foundation Web Site has the most up-to-date information on participating Restaurants, Vineyards, and Breweries.
In prior years we have received several significant cash donations to the event from families and friends of OTA who cannot attend the Wine and Dine.  Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far, and to those that have sponsored the event through a donation (via auction items, in-kind donations, and through your own personal time).
  • Volunteer for the OTA Foundation “Wine and Dine”

STEM is the Theme… at the 2015 OTA Wine & Dine

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OTA STEM- 7th Grade Early Stages SUMO Bot Competition

Get ready for the OTA Wine and Dine! our school’s largest fundraiser, Sat. April 25, 2015.

This year our fundraising efforts will be focused on supporting OTA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), with our special focus on teaching students to solve Design Problems: Robotics-Programming, Science Lab Tools & Equipment, “Maker Spaces” for the classrooms.

Photos from today’s STEM activities at OTA…

OTA STEM- Early Stage SUMO Bot Competition 1What is Sumo Bot? Student Teams use their engineering and programming skills to design robots to compete in the arena–the goal is to push the other team’s robot off the table.

2015-2016 Admissions Lottery Was Held Thursday, March 26 • Waitlist Notices will go out this week

2015: we are electronic*

Acceptance notices will go out by Friday, April 10. The Lottery is public and parents or guardians of students who were entered in the lottery by the March 6 deadline are welcome to join us in Old Town Academy’s downstairs lunchroom–but attendance is not necessary.

Everyone who submitted an application by March 6th has been entered into the lottery. Families will be notified by email if their child draws a number that gives them a place in the 2015-2016 class or if they are on the wait list.

Thank you for your interest in Old Town Academy!

To learn more about California Charter School Admissions …

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OTA BotBall Team Brings home the Judges’ Trophy for… Best Engineering!

2015 BotBall Team-Judges Choice Award- Best Engineering

Congratulations Team! And when you see the ingenuity of their 3 robots…

  • which will be on display at this year’s Wine & Dine Fundraiser (get your Tickets! and help OTA close the funding gap ($739-per-child, between the public funds we receive and what it costs to educate each student)….

you’ll see why they won the “Best Engineering” Trophy over 42 other teams!

Close-up 2015 OTA BotBall Team Robot ENGINEERING

Sensors, Gears, Conveyor Belts, Cranes, Wheels, Chasses, etc. etc.!

Close-up of 2015 OTA BotBall Team Robots

Volunteering for the 2015 Wine & Dine, April 25? Sign-up Link now available.

We Love VolunteersDear OTA Families,
Great news: the 2015 Gala Volunteer sign up sheet is ready.
  • Please click on the link to view volunteer opportunities and times.
  • Early sign up is recommended to find a time that works best for you & your family.
Thank You Volunteers — we are successful because of you.
You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.
(Winston Churchill)
Thank you to OTA Parent-Volunteer, Lindsay Bear, for setting up the SignUp Genius link.

6th Grade Starts Piano Maestro – Sight Reading Music – Playing with the Band!

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Why Piano Maestro? OTA Students started their piano journey with Soft Mozart, a perfect introduction to musical notation and the keyboard. But now they are ready to move up to the next level. The program is free on iPads for students at OTA (Download App, sign in, register w/ Anthony Kaneaster as teacher): all you need is an iPad and a keyboard (no cables!).

Piano Maestro-Joy Tunes Why Study Music

Piano Maestro-Learning Lab App of the Week

2015 Wine & Dine News: Auction, Wall of Wine, Event • Tickets On Sale Now!

*** 2015 Wine & Dine Tickets Available now at the OTA Foundation Site***
January Blog Post - Draft rev

Wine & Dine Under the Tent - April 26,2014

Old Town Academy Wine and Dine is all about building our community. We will share our gala stories that shape our event and we want you to do the same. That’s why Facebook and Instagram will be a big part of the event in 2015. You’ll be our photographers, and we’ll share our posts on both sites and also on the big screen at the event.  ⇒⇒ What is the Wine & Dine? ♥♥♥  Click here to learn more

Thank you! —Sandra Gartland, Monika Hanft and Meredith Lurie
To help us build community and tell our story, get ready now!  Here’s how:

  • Go to www.otafoundation.org
  • Click on the Instagram or Facebook icons.

ENRICH! OTA After School • Q3 Schedule (Links for Zumba, Spanish, Learning Lab, Violins, Guitar)

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After-School Q3 2015 Schedule

Click to print pdf: After School Q3 2015 Schedule

More information on Course Content and Instructors will be available on the new ENRICH! OTA After School Website.

Reminder: Introducing Music Academy of San Diego! Friday 4 PM • OTA Parents & Students, come learn about the new After School music program

  • Music Academy*NEW Violins, Violas, Cello Instruction, Mon, Friday

*** Please arrive early so we can start on time. Parking is available in front of the field after 3:30. Old Town Academy address: 2120 San Diego Ave, 92110  7th Grade Room is on the first floor, first right out of elevator ***

Musicians Playing for you today:

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Ai Nihira – Violin
- Contracted Musician from the San Diego Symphony
- Master Graduate from Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale School of Music    
 
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Chiyuan Chen – Viola
- Principal Viola of the San Diego Symphony
- Top-prize winner of 2000 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and 2004 International Paris Viola Competition Ville d’Avray
-Doctoral’s degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory 
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Yao Zhao – Cello
- Principal Cello of the San Diego Symphony
- Top Ten Outstanding Young Chinese Cellist
- Faculty at the SDSU and Idyllwild Arts Academy
- Graduated from USC with Ms. Eleonore Schoenfeld
 
Jian Chan
Jian Chen – Cello
Contracted Musician from the San Diego Symphony
- Master’s degree and Doctoral candidate from USC
- Three grade Sydney Chan’s mom!!!
Stanny Shiu / 肖宁
Director/  Music Academy of San Diego, Inc.
Director/ Asia Pacific Arts Management Ltd.
Executive Director / Great Wall International Music Academy
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Young Violinists

Friday, January 26th 30th at 4 PM in the 7th Grade Room, musicians and instructors from the Virtuoso Music Academy and the San Diego Symphony will present a 30 minute concert and presentation for parents interested in signing up for After School Strings Instruction.

Classes will start the second week of the quarter, meeting Monday and/or Friday (exact schedule TBD). Students will be accepted in Violin, Viola, and Cello (See What Instrument Do You Want to Play?), Grades K-8 welcome. OTA Orchestra with Mr. John Nettles will continue Tu & Th, with the VMA Teachers focusing on technique and on teaching students how to practice.

Why Study Music? Is Music the Key to Success?

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Learn from the best!
Dear Parents: Based on our decade of classical music education experience, we can’t wait to bring the best music education to students in greater San Diego. We will also bring the most renowned artists from the stage to our classroom; and vice versa, we will bring our best students from the classroom to the International music stages!

— Music Academy of San Diego Director, Stanny Shui

The 2015 Wine & Dine Is Coming! Help us tell the story on Facebook & Instagram

Feb 5 Update: *** 2015 Wine & Dine Tickets Available now at the OTA Foundation Site***
January Blog Post - Draft rev

Wine & Dine Under the Tent - April 26,2014

Old Town Academy Wine and Dine is all about building our community. We will share our gala stories that shape our event and we want you to do the same. That’s why Facebook and Instagram will be a big part of the event in 2015. You’ll be our photographers, and we’ll share our posts on both sites and also on the big screen at the event.  ⇒⇒ What is the Wine & Dine? ♥♥♥  Click here to learn more

2013 Wine & Dine Entrance 1Thank you! —Sandra Gartland, Monika Hanft and Meredith Lurie
To help us build community and tell our story, get ready now!  Here’s how:

  • Go to www.otafoundation.org
  • Click on the Instagram or Facebook icons.

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Reminder: Instruction begins promptly at 8:10. Please arrive early so your child gets the best hours of the day

Dear Parents, we have noticed an increase in tardy children whose late arrival is disrupting ten after 8 o clock-gray bkgrndclassroom instruction…

  • Old Town Academy students start every day with Mathematics: missing even 10 minutes a day adds up to 30 hours of missed math instruction over the course of our 185-day school year!

Please help your child and other OTA students do their best by arriving on time.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Mrs. Kamanski

Thank You ResMed, for Supporting the Music-Math Lab!

ResMed, a local medical company specializing in sleep apnea and respiratory care solutions, is a generous supporter of San Diego Education non-profits that work with children. At an Awards Luncheon yesterday ResMed presented OTA with a grant to support our Kiwanis Club of San Diego (Serving the World’s Children) Music-Math Learning Acceleration Lab
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What is ST (Spatial Temporal) Math?

Why ST Math?

ST Math score nationwide

Why Music at OTA?

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Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

OTA Jog-a-Thon Surprise Dedication: ALICIA & TONY GWYNN FIELD!

Gwynn Family at Tony & Alica Gwynn Field Dedication

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Tony & Alicia Gwynn Field*

 

2015 Wine & Dine News: ONLINE AUCTION is LIVE!

San Diego Adventures:

San Diego Adventures-OTA Online Auction

Highlights:
The first day of bidding has yielded over $5,000 in bids so far.
Top items
are restaurant cards, teacher experiences, tickets to various San Diego attractions.
Please Note: there is no silent auction at the gala this year; so now is your only chance to bid on all of the items donated by our school parents and the community to help raise money for OTA!
— Thank You for Your Support!

CLICK TO VISIT THE ONLINE AUCTION!

2015 Wine & Dine News: ONLINE AUCTION is LIVE!

Kids Camps and Classes:
Kids Classes and Camps

Highlights:
The first day of bidding has yielded over $5,000 in bids so far.
Top items
are restaurant cards, teacher experiences, tickets to various San Diego attractions.
Please Note: there is no silent auction at the gala this year; so now is your only chance to bid on all of the items donated by our school parents and the community to help raise money for OTA!
— Thank You for Your Support!

CLICK TO VISIT THE ONLINE AUCTION!

Reminder: Tomorrow, April 17 is deadline to accept your Admissions Offer for 2015-2016

Dear Prospective OTA Families, Admissions Offers were sent out over Spring Break. If you received an offer email like the one below, we need your reply by Noon, this Friday.

  • We have long waitlists for all grades; we need to hear back from you so we can contact the next family if you are not planning to accept your admissions offer.

Thank you

—The OTA Admissions Team

*** *** ***InfoSnap Admissions Email-Reply Due April 17

2015 Wine & Dine News • The ONLINE AUCTION is NOW OPEN!

Online Auction-Amazing ExperiencesCLICK TO VISIT THE ONLINE AUCTION!

Old Town Academy K-8 Charter

  • Help us Celebrate four years of Equity and Excellence for all Students!

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2015 Wine & Dine News • The ONLINE AUCTION is NOW OPEN!

Online Auction-Amazing ExperiencesCLICK TO VISIT THE ONLINE AUCTION!

Old Town Academy K-8 Charter

  • Help us Celebrate four years of Equity and Excellence for all Students!

Continue reading

Wine & Dine News • ONLINE AUCTION Starts Tomorrow at 9 AM! (Thursday, April 16)

OTA 2015 Wine & Dine: April 25! Click to Purchase Tickets . . . and support your school!

2015 Wine and Dine Online Auction Front Page

California Charter School Families, We Need Your Help

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The voice of California’s charter school parents

Apr 15, 2015

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Dear OTA Parents

We need your help. State lawmakers are considering new legislation that will have a big impact on charter schools across California, including YOUR charter school. Some of these laws will help support and grow high-performing charter schools. But others are designed to attack charter schools and hinder the independence and flexibility that enable our schools to thrive.

Can you take just a couple of minutes today and share your voice on these critical issues?

Send an email to lawmakers TODAY urging their NO VOTE on 2 anti-charter bills – SB 322 (Leno) related to charter school expulsion, suspension and admission policies and SB 329 (Mendoza) which will allow school authorizers to deny charter petitions if they might have a negative financial impact on the school district.

Send an email to lawmakers TODAY urging their AYE VOTE on CCSA’s 3 sponsored bills – AB 1198 (Dababneh) which will allow charter schools to save money on facilities financing costs, AB 1344 (Jones) which will help charter schools better navigate the zoning waiver request process, and AB 1426 (Levine) which creates flexibility for site based blended learning programs.

Please take action now. This legislation will be heard on Wednesday, April 22. Your voice will make a difference!

Thank you for your partnership,

Jed Wallace
President and CEO
California Charter Schools Association

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